August Birthstone Jewelry Finds: Peridot Platinum Jewelry
Peridot has a single significant claim to fame: while other gemstones form in the Earth’s crust, only diamonds and peridots are created in the molten rock one layer below. Ranging in hue from gold with hints of green to a deep olive— depending on the amount of iron present— peridots are inaccessible from most digging processes and must first be brought closer to Earth’s surface by powerful earthquakes and eruptions. What astounding gifts of nature to add to your platinum jewelry collection!
Peridot has additionally been found on the moon, within comet dust, and even detected on Mars. It is eerily accurate that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Germans, and Hawaiians all believed peridot originated from one of the sun’s massive explosions and so carries with it potent healing energies.
The gem’s continued association with the sun has made it a stone of light; prized by those who wish to dispel darkness that manifests both outside the body and inside the mind. It is believed to quiet anger, sharpen the wit, and free one of emotional burdens such as jealousy and guilt.
With its ability to uplift often by color alone, peridot unsurprisingly promotes confidence that is grounded in responsibility and forgiveness. It is also said to reestablish self-worth and set the wheels of wealth, vitality, and happiness into motion.
In Hawaii, olivine (peridot’s base mineral) would regularly be found amongst molten material after a volcanic eruption. Upon discovering this phenomenon, ancient Hawaiians thought that peridots were the tears of the goddess Pele. According to legend, the temperamental fire deity would place a curse on anyone who steals from the surrounding area. Although Hawaiian parks are protected by federal law, Pele seems to do a far more effective job of guarding her domain as hundreds of tons of lava rocks, sand, shells, and peridots are mailed back annually to the islands by remorseful tourists asking for forgiveness and relief from their increased misfortunes.
Bestow some compassion, vigor, grace, and a bit of luck into your life—especially if you celebrate an August birthday—by wearing dazzling peridot platinum jewelry!
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